On the margins of the opening of the UN General Assembly, and looking ahead to the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and its fifth biennial review in June 2016, the Global Center hosted an informal roundtable discussion to reflect on the achievements of the multilateral efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism. Participants included practitioners from inter-and nongovernmental organizations, as well as a number of UN member state representatives. The discussion focused on the challenges of bringing together different agendas and mandates from headquarters and the field. Coordination and strategic communication were highlighted as areas in which UN counterterrorism bodies could strengthen their efforts. It was emphasized that stakeholders, from peace, security, and development, should come together to discuss their fears and concerns, define common objectives, and different ways of measuring success. Participants discussed the implications for disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration efforts, particularly in contexts that include violent extremism actors.
The multi-stakeholder roundtable discussions, bringing together perspectives from capitals, UN headquarters, and civil society was built on a series of consultations, including a two-day retreat, undertaken throughout the summer and fall and provided participants an opportunity to discuss some preliminary findings from a related survey and consider their implications for future action. These key issues highlighted at the roundtable will help to inform an independent report on the topic by the Global Center anticipated in the spring of 2016, in advance of the Strategy Review.